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Weekly Round-Up: YouTube, Banksy Watch & TV BAFTAs

29th April 2011
GWS Team
A fairly common Bristol sight: Casualty filming near our offices this week


This week we've been hard at work finishing the latest version of the Bristol App, which will now offer a lot more to tourists as well as to Bristolians.

We've gone live with a polling system for a lovely community site, and we've also been doing Easter updates for a tax jobs company and a Bristol chauffeur company.


Here's what's been catching our eyes this week:


Businesses Using Social Media

If you have a business blog, here is an interesting discussion about the conundrum of keeping business and personal blogging separate, when your interests converge in both - this is a question that is probably worth thinking about in relation to how you use other social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter.

For anyone running a social media campaign, or those thinking about investing in one, here is an interesting look at the importance of backing results with tangible data for a more transparent look at ROI.

It was only a matter of time, but YouTube are set to break into the Movies-on-Demand business, with an announcement that users will be able to use the website as a rental service. Although it will initially be limited to the US, if it is successful, we can imagine that the service will squeeze out the competition very quickly.



The nominations for BAFTA TV awards have been announced, highlighting the best of UK television.

Perhaps a lost art now, the British Museum has a new book about the art of the book plate: see some delightful examples here.

Like so many other classic pieces of equipment before it, this week saw the end of the typewriter, after news that the last manufacturer - Godrej and Boyce - have shut down production. This article features a little bit of history and some lovely pictures.

via @thefloxisblack


On International Banksy Watch: Banksy has an installation in an exhibition in LA, which will be an ongoing project and features a collaboration between him and children from City of Angels public school.


Bristol News

New Market

If you're in Bristol and can drag yourself away from the Royal Wedding, there's a new market launching today at the Harbourside.

Friday will mainly be food and drink, but there will be arts and crafts and books for the rest of the weekend as well. 

Stokes Croft: Riot over Tesco Store

Bristol has been in the news a lot recently for slightly less pleasant reasons, as a riot erupted in the Stokes Croft area last Thursday night over the site of a new Tesco Express store.

News broke out over Twitter as it happened and early on Good Friday morning (check #Stokescroft for latest updates as well as a timeline of events as they happened) and it was quite a while before news channels caught up.

The coverage in the national press over the weekend presented information about police injuries and accusations of brutality.

At the start of the week, local businesses were discussing the impact the event has had on them, and the possible damage to the area's reputation it has caused.

We were also particularly interested in this reaction from a local photographer, who came home from photographing a wedding to find he had a front row seat to a big news story and was consequently featured prominently in the national press.

You can see his photos here.

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